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Pope Francis urges reform of papal powers

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Pope Francis called for reform to take powers from the Vatican and said Catholics should be more engaged in helping the needy, but ruled out allowing women priests in a key document released by the Vatican on Tuesday. 

Pope Francis leads a mass at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on November 23, 2013

The Catholic leader said he was seeking advice on how his role should change -- using an informal style for his first "apostolic exhortation", in which he outlined his vision for the future of the Roman Catholic Church.

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